Hill Farmstead Friendship and Reunion
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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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An IPA brewed here at Hill Farmstead during a week long visit (reunion) with our great friend Luc "Bim" Lafontaine during his brief return from Japan. This is an IPA brewed with citrus. We hope to visit Luc in Japan and brew the next beer in the series... Note: This beer is not to be confused with its predecessor "Friendship and Farewell" brewed, with Luc, at Dieu Du Ciel in 2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10772) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2013
Growler from the brewery - consumed at the cabin in NH. Pours a somewhat hazy gold with a large, frothy white cap. The nose holds crisp tangerine, melon and citrus peel. Light sweet flavor with rindy citrus, light lime, pine, tangerine. Light in body with fine, massaging carbonation. Crisp finish with lightly tangy citrus, some bitter rinds, more tangerine. Charming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Growler... Cloudy yellow ale with a tiny, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The aroma is a fantastic, juicy burst of citrus fruits accompanied by a lesser component of funky gym socks. Light to medium-bodied with a thin mouthfeel and lazy carbonation. The flavor is moderately bitter, fruity and lightly tart. Lengthy, lightly bitter, tongue-numbing finish. My only gripe is that the body is too thin - a recurring problem with this brewery. Growler courtesy of landhoney!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (7971) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Pours from a swingtop bottle a slightly cloudy orange color with a medium thick and foamy white head that recedes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Citrus, hops and pine in the nose. Light, crisp body with flavors of citrusy hops, toasted malt and herbs. The finish is fruity with a lingering pineapple and hops aftertaste. Another winner from this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
2013-04-26. Hazy pastel orange with a large off white head and lace. Lovely pithy citrusy aroma, 7++ Flavour is similar, modest bitterness throughout. Pleasant citrus, tangerine, bit of lemon. 7++ Smooth average plus bodied palate. 3+ Quite nice, very drinkable. On tap at Hill farmstead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (7302) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
2 great breweries and another solid IPA right here, dk how old it was but it was fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2013
On tap at Hill Farmstead during the Third Anniversary Party. Pours a hazed gold with a thin to medium sized white head. Musk, citrus on the nose, faint yeast. Citrus with pungent musk. Lemon and wheat, light tartness. Citrus and musk linger before turning toward gentle pith.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (6306) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 13, 2013
750mL growler, pours a cloudy opaque golden with a small white head. Aroma is a classic Hill Farmstead nose, with citrus hops, floral notes, and crisp biscuity malts - extremely aromatic as usual from HF’s hoppy beers. Flavour is very dry, full of grassy hops, a little citrus zest, and a bit of floral notes, all held together by some nice crisp biscuity malt. Leaves a fairly high dry floral hop astringency on the finish. Extremely high drinkable and really well-balanced. Another great IPA from the masters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2013
750ml swing-top growler shared with blankboy and GregClow, via JerCraigs. Hazy light gold, huge fluffy white lasting head. Incredibly dry aroma - grapefruit zest, floral bitterness, background ripe tropical fruit. Taste - oh yeah, that’s the stuff - almost delicate balance of light pinapple/papaya, citrus (grapefruit? lemon? orange) zest and alcohol - light up-front, packs a bitter wallop in the tail. Average body, very astringent, long, long building dry acidic bitter finish. Great stuff. More!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6029) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
Bottle [750ml] shared with HogTownHarry and GregClow. Pours a cloudy pale gold with a large lasting foamy white head and some lacing on the glass. Aroma: Wow, there’s not much you can do to improve this aroma! Tons and tons of citrus hops along with some herbal notes. Flavour is so refreshing and tasty, with tons of hops and citrus -- it’s all hops really and I love it. Long bitter finish. Medium bodied. A superb IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6001) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2013
In long: A gigantanormously fruity dark blonde IPA. Pushing the envelope in a good way.
How: Many times, at the brewery & pubs. This rating for a growler at home consumed fresh a few hours after it was filled.
The look: Cloudy dark blonde body topped by a persistent small white head.
In long: Nose is monstrously fruity, where the fruits used in the beer are joined at the hip to the fruity aroma of the hops. Mangos, pineapples, more citrus fruits, more tropical fruits, more exotic fruits, the real fruits used are indistinguishable from the fruity hops, Smells and taste like fruit juice added to HF’s own Harlan, which may actually not be far from the truth. Taste is all that the aroma is supported by a chewy bready malt backbone (fresh bakery white bread sensation) and a solid bitterness that seems to come out of nowhere. Super tasty but I found that the use of fruits creates an initial “wow” factor but it also makes it a little heavier and therefore a less drinkable than other HF IPAs. I had the same feeling about Solitude 6, the first glass was a big “wow!” but a full growler makes me that I prefer their “plain normal” IPAs. Still, this was a great beer. I think those Hill Farmstead IPAs are defective, I keep drinking them but I only become more thirsty.

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